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Seasonal Events & Festivals


There’s always something to celebrate in Japan – with festivals and events happening year round. Take advantage and enjoy festival snacks, witness parades or secure your lucky charm!

SPRING

CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING (end of March-beginning of April)

Do as the locals do with a picnic under the sakura tree. Hanami parties are ideal on a perfect spring day – bring your mat and snacks for a moment in the outdoors amidst a shade of pinks and whites.

STRAWBERRY PICKING (from early January)

Reservation Required

Website: https://www.haru-ichigo.com/price-e

Operating Hours: 10.00am-1.00pm (irregular holidays)

 

SUMMER

Celebrate Tenjin Matsuri (held on July 24th and 25th)

One of Osaka’s most famous and vibrant festivals dedicated for the deity of scholarship and learning. Try local snacks from one of the street vendors, witness the boat procession along the O-River, and be in awe of the fireworks.

More Information: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4023.html

By train: 17 minutes (Sennichimae Line; Namba Station- Tanimachi 9-chome Station. Tanimachi Line; Tanimachi 9-chome Station-Temmabashi Station)

By taxi: 21 minutes

 

Yatakabune River Cruise

Reservation Required, up to 50 people in a boat

Enjoy a kaiseki meal and on-board karaoke while looking over the river.

Operating Hours: 11.00am-10.00pm (last reservation 7pm)

Website: https://www.kpgrivercruise.jp/

Boarding Point: Hachikenyahama Pier

By train: 20 minutes (Sennichimae Line; Namba Station- Tanimachi 9-chome Station. Tanimachi Line; Tanimachi 9-chome Station-Temmabashi Station)

By taxi: 20 minutes

 

OTHER SUMMER FESTIVALS AROUND OSAKA:

30 June–1 July: Aizen Festival

1-31 July: Gion Matsuri

August: Summer Sonic Music Festival

 

AUTUMN

MINOO FALLS (November to mid-December)

Apart from spring, autumn in Osaka is one of the most sought after periods to visit due to the autumn foliage. Appreciate the maple leaves along a 45-minute hike until you reach the waterfall. Pass by Ryuanji Temple on the way up.

By train: 1 hour 25 minutes (Midosuji Line; Namba Station- Umeda Station. Hankyu Takarazuka Line; Osaka-Umeda Station-Ishibashi handai-mae Station. Hankyu Mino Line; Ishibashi handai-mae Station-Mino-o Station)

By taxi: 45 minutes

 

HALLOWEEN AT TRIANGLE PARK AND DOTOMBORI

Halloween is one of the biggest western-influenced celebrations in Japan, and Osaka does not fall short of celebrations. Locals get dressed and walk around the streets of Amerikamura and Dotonbori, eventually converging at the Triangle Park or the Dotonbori Bridge. Take photos and go for a drink in one of the local bars or clubs where the party continue on.

By foot: 15 minutes

 

OTHER AUTUMN FESTIVALS AROUND OSAKA:

16-17 September: Kishiwada Danjiri Festival

 

WINTER

FESTIVAL OF THE LIGHTS IN OSAKA: MIDOSUJI ILLUMINATION (early November-late December)

Stretches to roughly four kilometres from Namba to Umeda, Midosuji Avenue’s gingko trees come alive with a path of lights bathing the street.

By foot: 5-15 minutes

 

GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET AT UMEDA SKY BUILDING

Indulge in Christmas-themed meals and snacks while the kids enjoy the vintage carousel, or make your way around the booths offering souvenir items.

By train: 24 minutes (Midosuji Line; Namba Station-Umeda Station)

By taxi: 18 minutes

OTHER WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND OSAKA:

9-11 January: Toka Ebisu

14 January: Doya Doya

 

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Swissôtel Nankai Osaka ☆☆☆☆☆
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, 542-0076 Osaka
Japan
Tel: 06-6646-1111 | +81 6 6646 1111
Fax: 06-6648-0331 | +81 6 6648 0331
Email: Osaka@swissotel.com

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